Honey is an ingredient that conjures up magic, purity, and goodness in the mind of the consumer. Honey has been used in cosmetics since the beginning of time for its ability to moisturize the skin and the hair. However, natural honey, a 75% active solution of disaccharides, is sticky in consistency and its moisturizing properties are poor when compared to other more commonly used materials such as glycerin, acetamide MEA, propylene glycol, etc. Hence, it has never been used at more than promotional levels in cosmetics and toiletries.
While usually consumed as a food, natural honey is used as an emollient, moisturizer, and nutrient for the skin. Its extract (Mel extract) composition is rich in sugars (glucose and fructose, representing nearly 90% of saccharides), organic acids, small amounts of nitrogenous materials, and vitamins in the B group. In addition, recent scientific evidence indicates that honey is also a potent healer—an excellent antibacterial agent and humectant (contains glucose and fructose with powerful moisture-holding properties).
Mel extract is used in treatment preparations such as anti-aging, protective, moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, sun products, regenerating and cell repair products, face and body treatment lotions, active face lotions, and masks for aged or damaged skin.